Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,267 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 69
Gots: 166 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009)
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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with an inch of brown, dense, foamy head that has decent retention. The nose is chocolaty, piny, and has some faint citrusy notes. The flavor is similar to the nose. Up front it's chocolaty and smooth with faint roasted malt and coffee notes followed by a slightly citrusy, piny bitterness that lingers well after the swallow. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but smooth. It has light carbonation and finishes dry.

This is an alright black IPA, but I prefer the 1.5 version that they put out. The difference is the malt character and the body. In the amped up 1.5 version, the body is fuller and the malt character is far richer and smoother. This is still a good beer just thin and not as bold.

Photo of bogus564
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass...

Folks, I've been away for awhile, dealing with a rather serious illness. This is my test to see if I'm up for drinking beer again, or if I have to wait some more. That said, here goes.

A: Looks kind of like a Coca-Cola with a head. Nice dark brown, the color of my favorite ex-girlfriend's hair (she insists that her hair is black, but it isn't). 2cm tan head lasts for more than two minutes before dissolving into lace.

S: It smells hoppy, but it also gives away a hint of caramel. I also detect orange, very nicely, and a strange but welcome earthiness. Unique. I'm ready for a drink.

T: Wow. I don't know if I mean that in a good way, so I'll analyze. What I first get is bitter, which makes me pucker like Paul Stanley during a KISS concert. This is hoppy alright - dayam! There's a burnt quality to it, no kidding, it's a Black IPA. The caramel is hard to pick up in the taste, and the orange fells non-existent. I was so looking forward to liking this, but I'm afraid that I don't.

M: The hoppiness and bitterness is pretty much all you get from this. Nothing to hang my hat on, so to speak.

O: The bad news is that I didn't go for this beer like I had hoped I would. I love a hoppy beer, but this is overdone for overdone's sake. The good news is that I can handle drinking beer again. Yay! More reviews to come. Thanks for reading.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Faina
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of jaredseaman77
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of REIFICATION
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber bought in Somerville. Had straight from the bomber, no time for pouring into a glass. I can still tell it has quite a nice foam head, and a very dark color, precise analysis of shades and tints unnecessary. Whiff of both hops and malts, exactly what you want in a black IPA. Same goes for taste, both a nice malt flavor, not too choclatey closer to nutty, and the hops leave a citrus note and are not over powering. Not overpowering on either stout or IPA qualities, I'd say almost a 50/50 blend of a standard nutty stout and a citrusy IPA. It works well. This is a great black IPA! regularly available and is of high quality. If you are into black IPA's this is one you can put in the books as one you can rely on.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying the first bottle of Hoppy feet I tried a second one, provided by the good people of Mercury Brwing and it was much better. The color was an opaque rich with off-white head that laced. The aroma was roast and with slight bitter citrus. The taste was a good roasty malt which a bitter grapefruit that provides the nice after taste. The mouthfeel was a medium body with good carbontaion. Overall it is not the best Black IPA i ever had, but it was definitely decent and worth a taste.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is smoky AND hoppy, and I like both! It has an undertone of chocolate and a hint of fresh-cut wood, enough to get me drooling. It pours a luscious dark chocolate brown with a fluffy and rather persistent light tan head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some good lacing. Flavor is hoppy and bitter with a hint of evergreen and a mocha undertone and a touch of licorice. Full-bodied texture is smooth yet edgy, and quite fizzy, leaving a hoppy and chocolaty finish. Hoppy Feet will give you a happy mouth!

Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a huge, creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of hops, malt, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a little coffee, chocolate, some malt, and a surprisingly small amount of hops. Not necessarily a bad flavor, but not quite as powerful as other beers of the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter, somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a pretty good beer, though there are better examples of American Black Ales.

Photo of Gatch
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with shades of deep red when held up to light. A light brown, bubbly, pillowy head. Some good lacing and head retention.

S - Fresh, citrusy and piney hops. Very inviting.

T - Awesomely roasty and hoppy at the same time. Great balance with a great finish. Sweet roasted malt complemented by slightly bitter, fruity hops.

M - So incredibly smooth and refreshing. Goes down way too easy. The palate is hit with roasted malt but cleansed by delicious bitter hops.

I must say, with the "Black IPA" increasing in popularity, this is one of the finer examples of the style. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now on to Hoppy Feet 1.5...

Photo of mocktm
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of verdict603
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bomber of Hoppy Feet is before me. The beer pours essentially black with a big rocky cap of foam above it. It is really a nice looking beverage. The aroma combines grapefruit and pine into a nice blend. The malt contributes hints of chocolate which strengthen as the beer warms. A solid, creamy body propels all the flavor all the way through. A heavy hand of bitter and pine hops is counteracted by a cocoa powder-like backbone, which leaves the palate dry. A tinge of alcohol warmth signals the end of the experience. I really enjoy the interplay between the dark malt and hops in this beer bringing the beer a pleasing amount of depth.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,267 ratings.